Sunday, February 17, 2013

' Very Pamp '

Sunday morning . The staff are restocking the supermarket shelves. Bottles of a rose and grapefruit juice mix appear in  the wine section . €5.30 a bottle. Must be designed for foreigners. Can't see much call for it here in deepest France profonde. What's the betting  all the bottles will still be there at Christmas ?

'The font ' has signed up to take an online degree in astronomy. This involves video streaming with a group of frighteningly youthful looking Californian academics. It also involves sitting on the terrace in the small hours looking at planets. ' The font ' is at that '' Oh Angus ! Come and look a this. Isn't it wonderful ? " stage. After four nights of cloudless skies and unbridled enthusiasm Angus is praying for the return of cloud and rain. And uninterrupted sleep.

Madame Bay finds an old telescope in the basement. Angus is called upon to drag it up to the terrace.  Madame Bay is delighted with the astronomy course and listens carefully as ' the font ' explains the workings of a planisphere  . '' My goodness. That will be very useful ". The ' very ' in ' very useful ' is stressed. Before she goes Madame Bay tells ' the font ' she's a Gemini.  It seems our saintly septaguenarian has got astronomy and astrology somewhat muddled up.


  1. Oh well done 'the font'. Angus you just need a couple of puppies with small bladders and your night times will be perfect...
    Toodle pip!
    PS Gail (looking a bit dreamy) wants to know if 'the font' is also a fan of Brian Cox.

  2. My friend Nicole tells me that the rosé wine with pamplemousse concoction was all the rage at large gatherings in the Loire last summer. I certainly enjoyed a glass or two of Very Pamp, once I had got over my instinctive prejudice against it.

  3. No interest in the wine in this quarter. But you may need it to get back to sleep after your late sky watching nights.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  4. I seem to recall that Madame Bay was convinced that your village is a beacon for aliens, so you'll have to be sure and let us know if 'the font' sees anything in the night sky other than Venus.

    1. You're right. It can only be a matter of time before the alien visits to the orchard at four in the morning become a staple of breakfast time conversation.

  5. Cheers to the Font for broadening her horizons. Astronomy is quite interesting.
    Poor Angus will have to share in her joy at discovering new sights in the stars every night from now
    I must get my telescope out and dust it off too, I have not used it in ages.
    Tell Madame Bay I'm a Gemini too.

  6. Congratulations to the Font for learning. I think it will be a matter of time until you get your own telescope!


  7. Madame Bay's cheerful enthusiasm must be a great source of smiles.

  8. Never heard of very pampp, nor tried it, but i really like grapefruit juice. It actually appeals to me, but then I am a foreigner. And a sagitarius.

  9. Madame Bay's not the only one - just have a conversation about the Maji in a country church!!